Double-Sided Printing

Double-Sided Printing, also known as "duplex" printing, is one of the best ways to help save paper and cut costs. All of the new Konica-Minolta photocopiers support duplexing, and we highly encourage you to use this option whenever possible.

If you use a Windows computer managed by an IT team, you are likely already set up for duplex printing. However, different departments at SFU have different ways of configuring printing. It's worthwhile to check to see if you're set up.

Most Mac OS X users will have to set this option manually. See below for details.

Enabling Double-Sided Printing on Windows

These steps should only be necessary if you're printing direct to a printer - if you're going through a Windows print server, this should be configured on the server side by your network administrator.

  1. Open the Print Properties box for the multifunction device. This can be found by clicking Start and then Printers and Faxes on Windows XP, or Devices and Printers on Windows Vista/7. Then, double click the printer to open its queue window, open the Printer menu, and click Properties.
  2. In the Print Properties box, click the Advanced tab.
  3. In the Advanced tab, click Printing Defaults.
  4. In the Printing Defaults screen, ensure that the Print Type field is set to 2-Sided.
  5. Click OK to close each dialogue box.
  6. Printing will now be double sided by default for all Windows applications printing to this printer.

Enabling Double-Sided Printing on OS X

  1. Ensure that you have installed the correct Konica-Minolta drivers for use with your printer, and that your printer is set up to use those drivers instead of the built-in Generic Postscript driver. To do this, open System Preferences, select the Print option, choose the correct multifunction device from the list on the left, and click the Options & Supplies button. On the Driver tab, the printer model should be listed:

    If the correct driver is not selected, duplex printing won't work. Refer to the MFD Technical Resources page for driver downloads. 
  2. Make sure the correct Finisher and Punch Unit are selected. If you're not sure, ask your local IT staff what's installed on your multifunction unit.
  3. Close the System Preferences window once everything's set correctly.
  4. Start the application you want to print from (e.g. Microsoft Word).
  5. Once you have readied a document to print, open the Print dialogue, which should look similar to the below:
    Click the Copies & Pages dropdown to display the list of print options:
    Select the Layout / Finish entry in the list.
  6. Ensure the Print Type is set to 2-Sided as per the below:
  7. Set any other options that you would like for this printout.
  8. Click the Presets: dropdown (second from the top of the window), and select Save Currents as Preset:

    Give the preset a meaningful name, like Duplex Printing, and hit OK.
  9. Try a print! In the future, when you print a document, select this Duplex Printing preset to set the options quickly.